Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Insanely busy again, but this annoyed me:
"A newly qualified squaddie facing suicide bombers, snipers and rockets round the clock earns two thirds of a British policeman’s wage; in a combat zone the 16-hour watches give an hourly rate of £2.45 and in Helmand, getting off duty after 16 hours is often a pipe dream anyway — fighting goes on for days. After Reid gaily said that they could leave 'without a shot fired', and beetled off to insult the Home Office, they are fighting a confused war in the hardest conditions possible. On peanuts. Even the separation allowance of £6 a day only kicks in after 12 months. Oh, and they pay council tax on their barracks rooms back in Britain."
This utterly unrelated bit of nonsense, however, is just stupid.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Andy said...

But looking on the bright side, squaddies get a free bed for the night and - when the supply helicopters get through - three squares a day.

9/13/2006 11:07:00 pm  
Anonymous JuliaM said...

Yes, it is stupid, if that's what is happening. But consider:

"Wayne Sumpton, a government biologist, said fishermen who accidentally caught stingrays sometimes lopped off their tails to avoid being stung."

Is it perhaps the case that these are normal bycatch, that are being noticed now (and reported on) because of publicity over Irwin's sad death?

9/16/2006 11:49:00 am  

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